Originally Posted by skyehill
I watch Belushi and it's like, "Was everyone celebrating this guy at the time also high out of their minds?"
For most of his movies, pretty much. Until at least his last comedy - "Neighbors", which you don't necessarily have to be that way to appreciate, if you can completely let go of the stereotypical roles he and Ackroyd played up 'till then (he was also good in that one drama he did with Blair Brown, but that was a pretty straight role and flick).
Belushi was never really over-hyped while he was still strictly doing that show. People used to say they loved when certain characters of his appeared, but the actor himself never was (yet). He was actually a pretty low-key guy - both in real life, and during the majority of his screen time on the show - which set you up for when he went crazy, like with the Samurai guy, or the raving commentator during the news. But most of his roles were played pretty straight or sane - like the bee or Billy Goat Tavern ones.
Heck, I can think of some from those early years that I saw as being more disproportionately over-hyped, at least by the fans, than he was during their time on the show. Radner, for instance.